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The development of quasi-markets in welfare provision in the United Kingdom

By Howard Glennerster and Julian Le Grand


In the 1980s, governments in many western economies began to introduce competition between public agencies providing health, education, and other forms of social welfare. Government became a contracting agency separating funding from provision. The United Kingdom went farthest in legislation passed between 1988 and 1990. The authors review some possible explanations for this fundamental changes. The article draws on public choice theory and broader political science approaches and reviews the evidence on the impact of the changes. The gains from these changes may be small, and the result may be only the build up of pressure for more spending in the longer term

Topics: HC Economic History and Conditions, HJ Public Finance, HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Publisher: Baywood Publishing Co., Inc.
Year: 1995
DOI identifier: 10.2190/GGF3-JQ88-Y5AA-A35D
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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